Teresa is the founder and director of Story Yoga Inc. The idea was born from a desire to provide options for people who felt they did not have any. Her hope is that Story Yoga empowers participants through education. The teacher training is an opportunity for yoga practitioners to connect with community, learn transferable life skills, and support one another on their own unique journey. Story yoga is based on the vision that people can heal, learn, and create while building professional skills.
Teresa is the lead trainer of the teacher training program. Her teaching style is down-to-earth, challenging, yet accessible. Teresa realizes 200 hours would never be enough to scratch the surface of what yoga has to offer, but her hope is to provide the foundation for life-long learning and curiosity.
Robin is a graduate of Story Yoga’s teacher training program and she is a RYS-200 certified yoga teacher and a member of the Yoga Alliance.
Robin believes in approaching yoga with gentleness and compassion. In her classes you are always welcome to engage in YOUR practice. Her goal is to guide you through a practice that allows you to discover how poses feel in your body and how you can adjust the pose to feel the best in your body. We’ll link movement and breath, flowing through poses at a comfortable pace - not too fast or too slow.
Robin has had an on again off again relationship with yoga for over 13 years. In the past few years she’s come back to yoga with a new perspective, embracing yoga as a holistic practice rather than an exercise or movement program. She believes that practicing yoga can open new doors - physically, mentally, and emotionally - for anyone and everyone.
Robin identifies as a person in recovery from both an eating disorder and addiction, and her yoga practice has been an essential part of her recovery and wellbeing.
Krista Marzewski E-RYT500, Trauma Informed, Y12SR Leader
YOGA was the wind beneath Krista’s sails, enabling her to find the missing pieces in her life. She learned to love herself again, embrace life, and dream. Completing her 200-YTT with Story Yoga, she learned to simply, breathe. As a person affected by trauma in recovery, yoga taught her to reconnect herself physically, mentally, and spiritually. Krista is passionate about sharing the gifts of the practice with you. She believes in making yoga accessible for everyBODY!
With over 30 years of experience teaching, she brings her passion for teaching to her students and yoga mat. Krista is continually furthering her education and growing her offerings through “Yoga with Krista”. Krista’s classes offer slow, introspective postures, connecting breath to movement sprinkled with laughter and smiles in hopes you leave her class filled with a new awareness. Krista specializes in Trauma-Informed yoga and is also a certified Y12SR leader. Y12SR combines the ancient wisdom of yoga with the practical tools of the 12-Steps. One of the Y12SR founding principles is that “our issues live in our tissues” – in her classes, Krista pairs an inspiring theme with a grounded flow class to explore this concept.
Valerie is a gradute of Story Yoga's 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training. She also recently completed her Level I Reiki Training.
In the last year, yoga has been an essential part of her eating disorder recovery and in helping to calm her anxiety. She has really deepened her practice, exploring the different ways she can use yoga in her life. It was through moving her body and connecting with her breath, that she has started to cultivate a deep and love and acceptance of herself.
Valerie used to think you had to look, act, eat, and be a certain type of person to be considered someone who practiced yoga. She aims to create a space in her classes where everyone can feel wholly accepted and loved just as they are. She wants to share her love of yoga with others while allowing others to discover how yoga can be helpful in their own lives and with their own mental health. Valerie hopes to inspire people that anyone can do yoga, and to cultivate an environment where everyone can explore how yoga feels good in their body.
Drea Tremols has been in love with yoga since she was 18 and took her first yoga course in college. She had been practicing for 13 years when she decided to deepen her practice by becoming a teacher. She received her 200-hour yoga teacher training with Soma Yoga Institute. She enjoys all aspects of yoga from pranayama breathing exercises, mantras, meditation and asanas and her classes reflect this dynamic understanding of yoga. When she's not on the mat you can find her gardening, singing and playing cajon in one of her bands or exploring Vermont's hidden waterfalls!
Laurie is a 2021 graduate of Story Yoga’s teacher training program and she is a RYS-200 certified yoga teacher and a member of the Yoga Alliance.
Laurie has completed the accreditation for ‘Trauma Informed Yoga Instructor’ through the TCTSY Trauma Foundations Course via the Justice Resource Institute; and recently completed the Mindful Movement course with Nicola Mosley’s Trauma Sensitive Yoga West studio associated with training via TCTSY at JRI. She hopes to take the associated YTT-500, in the Fall of 2021.
Laurie is also a DVCA (Domestic Violence Community Advocate) with StepsVT, and a holds a registered Vermont Victim and Crisis Worker Privilege certificate.
Laurie arrives with 24 years experience in 12 Step Programs. Her primary focus these days is Recovery from Trauma as experienced in Intimate Relationship Domestic Violence, and in Recovery from Addictions in Relationships and Dysfunctional Family Systems.
Having experienced both Domestic Violence AND the Covid Pandemic in early 2020, she discovered yoga being offered through The Turning Point Center. Recognizing the healing aspects of Yoga, at various times in her life she claims Yoga has “saved her Life!” She hopes to apply Yoga to what she feels is currently both Personal and Collective Trauma in our World. She is passionate about helping others learn to use Yoga to navigate from “surviving to thriving”.
A self proclaimed “Island Girl”, Laurie is originally from Martha’s Vineyard, and attended classes through The Yoga Barn in Chilmark.
Laurie’s classes hold a caring supportive space for persons having experienced any form of Trauma and are interested in Yoga as a Healing Path to Recovery. Her calm, gentle manner and invitational language helps one come back into embodiment via the breath and mindful movement.
Meg Tipper took her first yoga class in 1975 and fell in love with the practice. After retiring from a career as an English teacher, she finally committed to take yoga teacher training at Kripalu where she had been going on retreat for years. As a person in long-term recovery from alcohol and drug abuse, Meg knew her calling as a teacher was to create classes in which others in recovery could discover the healing power of yoga. She collaborated with Gary DeCarolis and started the yoga program at the Turning Point Center of Chittenden County where she and eight other yoga teachers in recovery have taught since the program's inception in 2015. In addition, Meg has taught yoga at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility, Burlington YMCA, City of Burlington Yoga and Laughing River Yoga. Now that her life partner, John "Lucky" Gower, is approaching retirement, Meg is happy and honored to follow his lead and turn the reins of Yoga at Turning Point over to Story Yoga and to join the team as the Friday morning teacher.
Meredyth is a graduate of Story Yoga's 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training, and a member of the Yoga Alliance. She is also a Registered Nurse, and Mama to two incredible little boys.
Meredyth fell in love with yoga in 2006 when she took her first class for a college PE credit. As someone in recovery from substance abuse and disordered eating, she has found yoga to be tremendously grounding and spiritually fulfilling. After two major orthopedic surgeries in 2019, the Story Yoga community helped her find movement again. It became clear that this practice was to be an essential part of her physical healing and wellbeing. With a renewed and deepened relationship to yoga, Meredyth joined the 2021 YTT class.
Her teaching philosophy is a bit of everything she's taken from her favorite instructors: compassion, acceptance, introspection, individuality, and a desire to help people access yoga in a way works for them.